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Agali arrested in Holland

Victor Agali (standing) on duty for his former club, Hansa Rostock. He played his last game for Nigeria against Morocco at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004. He was expelled at the tournament for breaking camp rules
Victor Agali (standing) on duty for his former club, Hansa Rostock. He played his last game for Nigeria against Morocco at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004. He was expelled at the tournament for breaking camp rules

*Aftermath of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s terror attempt

By Ben Efe, with agency report
Former Eagles’ player, Victor Agali, was yesterday arrested and detained at Holland’s busy airport, Schiphol, near Amsterdam.

Agali who plays for Greek club side, Levadiakos, was alleged to be in possession of two fake passports, Dutch military police said on Monday.

“At passport control, on December 27, he (Agali) was found to be in possession of a fake passport,” said gendarmerie spokesman Robert van Kapel.

Upon further investigation, the 31-year-old striker in transit at Schiphol on a voyage from Lagos to Athens, turned out to have two sets of fake travel documents, said Van Kapel.

“In the one, the page with his personal particulars has been modified, in the other it was the visa,” he said.

The Delta-born player was in the Eagles team to the Tunisia 2004 Nations Cup, but was sent packing from the team after he broke camp rules with Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Celestine Babayaro. That marked the end of his international career.

Before his sojourn in Greece, Agali played for French sides Marseille (1996-97), Toulon (1997-98) and Nice (2004-2005), as well as Germany’s Schalke 04 (2001-2004) and Hansa Rostock.

His ordeal was not unconnected with the new policy on Nigerians following the arrest of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who attempted to blow a Northwest airliner heading for Detroit from Holland.

All Nigerian passengers are now being subjected to thorough scrutiny at airports in major cities around the world. The special attention on him as a Nigerian passport carrier probably led to the alleged findings.


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